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For Kids: The Sower & the Seeds | Lectionary 15 (Pentecost 7) | Year A

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed

Note: Today's lesson is based on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 in the Lectionary readings.

Big Idea: Let's water the seed of the Good News in us!

Story: "The Sower" | Spark Story Bible, pg. 292

Ask: In our Bible story, we learned about the very first sin. Did Adam and Eve trust God's plan or their own? ... Was that a good idea? ... Does anyone know what God's plan was to save us from sin?

Let's watch a video to see what God's plan to save people from sin is...

Lesson Video | The Parable of the Famer and the Seeds

Ask: Have you ever planted a seed in the ground? ... If you did, what happened? ... How did that happen?

What kind of materials does a plant need to grow? (soil, water, air, light)

Say: When we hear the Good News of Jesus, which is like a seed, what should we do? We should give it what it needs to grow!

What is the soil for the Good News? ... We are!

If we do nothing, what kind of soil/ground are we like? Do you think the Good News will grow in us if we do nothing about it?

We need water, air, and light.

Jesus says He is the water of life. So, we need Jesus to help the Good News grow in us.

What else? ...

Did you know the Holy Spirit is compared to wind? The Holy Spirit is like the air that the Good News needs to grow in us.

And one more thing...

The Bible tells us that God is light - so we need God our Father to help the Good News grow in us too!

We need the help of the Trinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit for the Good News to grow in us!

When the Good News grows in us, we begin acting more and more like Jesus. But if we plant weeds by doing bad things, we're not letting the Good News grow. So, let's sing a song about being good ground...

Song for Kids: I Wanna Be Good Ground

Activity Sheets or Play

After the song, hand out the activity sheets. Younger children are welcome to play with the Duplos (encourage them to play out a story that fits with the lesson).

End with the Lord's Prayer when the Usher comes to let you know the prayers have started.

(If you need more time)

  • Go around the room and ask the children to share something they are thankful for this week.

  • Ask them if there is anything or anyone they would like to pray for this week.

Ending Song: The Lord's Prayer

Children's Printable Activity Sheets & Songs

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